From accelerator programs at the Venture Center in Little Rock to the hosting of a Startup Weekend in Northwest Arkansas, leaders across the state are doing more and more every year to foster bold visions and entrepreneurial spirit. The five inventors we have elected to highlight this month are the reason for that.
There are a plethora of great minds with dynamic and unique ideas in Arkansas, in virtually every industry. But often, the concept itself is the easy part. Diving into entrepreneurialism, turning your life 180 degrees into the unknown, is the hard part. These five homegrown inventors trudged through some of those fears, broke down walls and speed bumps and made their dreams a reality.
NOW Diagnostics (NOW DX) was founded by Jeremy Wilson and is helmed by CEO Kevin Clark. Its headquarters is set in Springdale and additional locations in California, Italy and Canada. Incorporated in 2014, NOW DX created innovative diagnostic health care testing.
These innovations offer greater simplicity, lower costs and peace of mind for professional care providers and consumers.
Their ADEXUSDx product line essentially provides a laboratory in the palm of your hand. It uses a drop of blood to test for various conditions and provides results within minutes. The tests under this umbrella include acetaminophen, hCG, troponin and HIV.
Currently, NOW DX has pregnancy tests, three heart attack tests and three toxicology tests. They are also in the development phase for additional testing which will include sexually transmitted diseases, food intolerances and infectious diseases.
NOW DX exists with the purpose to, according to their website, “empower patients and caregivers with the knowledge necessary to make intelligent healthcare choices.
“We see a world where people have greater access to information concerning their health and well-being and are more comfortable in shaping their desired outcomes.”